In an article published on Tuesday, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon told Sports Illustrated he was bringing in an estimated $10,000 per month in weed sales while in college.
Gordon said that as a sophomore at Baylor, he was “receiving as much as six pounds of weed—vacuum-sealed and wrapped in Mylar, sprayed with kerosene and covered in coffee beans to mask the smell, shipped through U.S. mail—every week from a dealer back home.” He then would drive to Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio to sell it.
“If I was going to be a thug or a gangster, I was going to be the best gangster out there,” Gordon said.
Gordon grew up in Houston, joining a gang as a sophomore at Lamar High School, he told Baskin. Every morning he would pick up a .38 special from a tattoo parlor and return it at the end of the school day. In high school, Gordon said he sold drugs, stole cars and bought counterfeit money.
From 2012-2014, Josh Gordon was one of the NFL’s most dominant wide receivers, compiling 2,754 yards with 14 touchdown receptions in just 35 games. During the 2014 season, he led the league with 1,646 receiving yards and 117.6 yards per game in 14 games for the Browns.
He had previously told GQ in a recent interview that he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol before “probably every game” in college and the NFL.
He is now completely sober and reportedly “in the best shape of his life”. Gordon is expected to be added to the Browns’ active roster this Friday, which will make him eligible to return for Cleveland this Sunday against Los Angeles, and if he plays it will be his first regular-season game since 2014 due to drug suspensions.